Mar 20 2017

Neighbours at risk in the UK

For over 30 years it’s been one of Australia’s most successful cultural exports, but now Neighbours‘ future in its biggest overseas market is in a precarious situation.

The show’s UK broadcaster Channel 5 had been negotiating a contract renewal with production company FremantleMedia.

Those negotiations have stalled amid reports that Channel 5’s new owner, American company Viacom, is refusing to sign off on the finances — presumably “not understanding the cultural importance of the show in the UK,” according to the reports.

The United Kingdom represents Neighbours‘ largest fan base, much higher than in Australia. Any outcome — such as the series not being renewed by Channel 5 or picked up by another network — that would see it taken off screens in the UK could effect its sustainability in Australia, where it is showing to a fraction of the audience on secondary channel Eleven.

Neighbours made its UK debut in 1986 on BBC1. It was initially tucked away in a lunchtime slot but its eventual move to early evening saw it become one of the nation’s top rating shows — even knocking local favourites Coronation Street and EastEnders from top spot.

At its peak in popularity back in the days of teen sweethearts Scott and Charlene (pictured), it was watched by around 20 million Brits daily. Cast members became regulars on the Christmas pantomime circuit and also performed for royalty.

BBC ended up reluctantly letting the show go in 2008 after FremantleMedia demanded a significant increase to renew rights to the series. Channel 5, which at the time was owned by the same company as FremantleMedia, picked it up and paired Neighbours with fellow Aussie import Home And Away.

Neighbours currently airs around 4 times a day across Channel 5 and its associated multi-channels. Since last year, episodes have been screening in the UK on the same day as they air in Australia.

Fans have set up a petition at to help keep the show on UK screens.

Source: The Guardian,, Mirror


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Mar 13 2017

Obituary: Dan Webb

Dan Webb, one of the first personalities on Melbourne television, has died at the age of 92.

Webb was breakfast announcer at radio station 3DB before being picked up by its sister television station HSV7 as one of its star line-up, alongside Eric Pearce and actress Mary Parker.

He introduced HSV7’s test transmissions and was on-air on opening night, 4 November 1956.

Following the station’s official launch, Webb became one of its first newsreaders, sharing duties with Pearce, as well as hosting a game show, Paterson’s Family Quiz.

Webb’s fame was on the rise in the 1960s as host of HSV7’s popular game show Video Village. The daily half-hour program was a hit not just in Melbourne but across the country and ran for four years.

After Video Village wound up in 1966, Webb later hosted It’s Academic and continued in the news division, reporting and presenting the news. One report that many will remember was Webb’s “spag-worm” report that was an elaborate April Fool’s Day prank:

YouTube: Conniptions886

On a more serious note, Webb continued to report on state politics for Seven National News and was a host of local current affairs program Day By Day.

While at Seven and in retirement he was a devout contributor, supporter and ambassador to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. 

A presenter on Seven’s first Good Friday Appeal telethon in 1957, Webb made his last TV appearance on last year’s appeal.




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Mar 12 2017

Obituary: John Forgeham

British actor John Forgeham, probably best known to Australians from UK drama Footballers’ Wives, has died.

The 75-year-old passed away after breaking his collarbone from falling out of bed.

The actor was well known in the UK, with numerous TV acting credits including No Hiding Place, The Sweeney, Crossroads, CATS Eyes, Prime Suspect, Birds Of A Feather and The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, but also appeared in Australian dramas in the 1970s.

Forgeham had come to Australia in 1970 for a season of Shakespeare plays and while he was here scored a guest role as magazine publisher Jason Werner in an episode of the ABC series Dynasty. This led to him playing the same role, re-named Saxon Wells, in a spin-off series, Catwalk, for the Seven Network.

Catwalk, set in the office of a fashion magazine of the same name, made its first appearance with a pilot going to air on Seven early in 1971. It was one of five pilots commissioned by the network and viewers were given the opportunity to vote for their favourite to be turned into a series.

Catwalk and a situation comedy called The Group topped the viewers’ poll.


Seven commissioned Catwalk for a 13-episode series to air in 1972. Starring with Forgeham (pictured above, second from left, in the series were John Wood, Cecily Polson, Cornelia Frances and June Salter.

The series was not renewed beyond its first year and Forgeham’s only other Australian TV role was a guest appearance in an episode of Homicide.

YouTube: Classic Australian TV

Source: Classic Australian Television, Evening Standard, IMDB



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Mar 10 2017

GWN7 turns 50

Today marks 50 years since the Western Australian network now known as GWN7 was officially opened.The station was originally BTW3, operated by South Western Telecasters Ltd and declared open by WA Governor Sir Douglas Kendrew at 7pm on Friday 10 March 1967. Based in Bunbury with a staff of 12, it was the first commercial television station in regional Western Australia, launching in the area two years after ABC‘s local station ABSW5.

The following year BTW launched a relay station, GSW9, covering Albany and the Southern Agricultural district of WA. The expansion increased BTW3’s audience to around 140,000.

Like most regional stations, BTW-GSW’s early local production included regional news, children’s programs and afternoon programs like Tea And Biscuits.

The station’s community involvement included an annual telethon, Telehelp, that ran for eight years and attracted stars from across Australia. The station now contributes to Seven’s Perth-based Telethon.

BTW-GSW were among the few stations in Australia to miss the changeover date to colour television on 1 March 1975. Colour transmission started in May 1975 but it was still a couple of years before the local studios were capable of colour production — with programs like local news continuing to go to air in black and white.

By the late 1970s BTW-GSW was bought out by businessman Jack Bendat, whose management rebadged the two channels as Golden West Network — or GWN.

The 1980s saw an era of expansion for GWN, taking over Kalgoorlie’s local station VEW8 in 1985 and GTW11 in Geraldton in 1987. These acquisitions, combined with GWN gaining the licence to operate the satellite-based commercial television service for remote WA, gave the network a total coverage of the entire state of Western Australia outside of Perth.

GWN continued to operate as a commercial monopoly in regional WA, featuring programming sourced from all three metropolitan networks and with its own locally-based evening hour of local and national news. The network, owned at this stage by Perth businessman Kerry Stokes, was sold to regional network Prime Television in 1996 for $71 million.

GWN got its first taste of competition in 1999 with the arrival of WIN, initially offering a range of Nine and Ten network programming. GWN, with a Seven Network schedule, reduced its hour-long news to a half-hour bulletin dedicated to local news followed by Seven News and Today Tonight on relay from Perth — a line-up that continues today with GWN7 (the ‘7’ was added to the network branding in 2011) providing the only local TV news service in the regional WA market, with news crews positioned around the state.

Almost a decade after digital TV began in Australia, digital transmission commenced for GWN in 2010 in selected parts of the state. The digital signal initially offered a limited service of just the primary standard definition channel before expanding to cover the rest of the state and to include additional channels 7TWO and 7mate. Analogue transmission came to a close in 2013.

GWN7 and WIN are also joint venture partners in West Digital Television, broadcasting a local Nine Network outlet to regional WA, with WIN presenting a Network Ten schedule since mid-2016.

Almost two decades after the introduction of commercial competition into the market, GWN7 is still dominant — rating well ahead of Nine West and WIN.

Source: Broadcasting & Television, 16 March 1967. 27th Annual Report, Australian Broadcasting And Control Board, 1974-75. Wikipedia. GWN7 News. GWN7 News.




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Mar 08 2017

Obituary: Frances Hargreaves

Frances Hargreaves, actress from the 1970s series Number 96, has died at the age of 62.

South African-born Hargreaves studied acting in London before settling in Sydney in 1973.

She had appeared in an ABC series, Behind The Legend, before scoring the part of Marilyn MacDonald in Number 96 in 1974.

The role of Marilyn, the daughter of Reg and Edie MacDonald (Mike Dorsey and Wendy Blacklock), was unexpected for Hargreaves as she had only been cast after Judy McBurney had to drop out after taping six episodes due to illness. The sudden change in casting required Marilyn’s early scenes to be re-recorded with Hargreaves.

“I can be diplomatic but things come out at the wrong time occasionally — and Marilyn is always doing it without realising,” Hargreaves told TV Times in 1974. “I’m a bright person like her. I giggle a lot and although I do have serious moments I enjoy myself, my work and meeting people.”

Marilyn became a pivotal character in the unveiling of the show’s infamous ‘pantyhose strangler’, a serial killer who had been keeping the residents of 96 on edge for weeks.

Hargreaves later left the series but returned for the show’s final year in 1977.

She later appeared in The Young Doctors and in the telemovie Who Killed Baby Azaria?

In 2007, Hargreaves was reunited with her former Number 96 cast mates on an episode of Where Are They Now?

Source: TV Tonight, IMDB. TV Times, 19 January 1974, 16 February 1974.






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Mar 02 2017

Brisbane’s 31 Digital goes off-air

Brisbane’s community TV channel 31 Digital is now off the air and has converted to online operation.

The station, which was operating on UHF Channel 28 from Mount Coot-tha, closed its free-to-air broadcast on 28 February at 11.59pm (AEST), even though the Federal Government had given the community TV sector a further six month reprieve after the previous December 2016 deadline for stations to convert to online broadcast.

The station debuted in 1994 as Briz31 (the number taken from the analogue broadcast frequency) and later identified as 31, QCTV and then 31 Digital. Digital transmission launched in 2010 following a campaign by the community TV stations to gain access to digital spectrum.

Some of the programs produced by the station were The Boat Show, Tamara Tonite, The Very Anne Show, Nicky Noo And The “oo” Crew, Meet The Ministers and The Late Nite Show.

YouTube: 31 Digital

31 Digital has re-launched as Q Online TV and can be found at

Now only C31 in Melbourne, 44 in Adelaide and WTV in Perth are still on free-to-air television. (Sydney’s TVS went off-air in December 2015). Unless the Government grants another extension these stations will be off-air in a few months time.

So far there has been no announcement as to what the Government intends to do with the broadcast spectrum being handed back by the community television stations.

YouTube: Australian TV Fan



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Feb 05 2017

Nine News Regional ready for launch

Nine News Regional, the joint venture between the Nine Network and regional Southern Cross, kicks off this Monday.

The first of 15 bulletins to roll out for the network is Nine News Canberra, debuting Monday 6 February at 6pm, presented by former ABC News Breakfast presenter Vanessa O’Hanlon (pictured)

The one-hour bulletin, presented from Nine’s Sydney studio, is a composite of national news with inserts of local news relevant to the Canberra market.

YouTube: Media and Transport Channel

The following Monday the format expands to Nine News Illawarra — with other regions in Southern NSW, regional Victoria and regional Queensland to be progressively rolled out.

O’Hanlon will present the NSW and Canberra bulletins, Jo Hall will present the Victorian editions from Melbourne, and Samantha Heathwood for regional Queensland from Nine’s Brisbane studios.

The format is largely based on the popular NBN News which is based in Newcastle but broadcasts to regions across Northern NSW. (NBN is owned by Nine)

The new-look bulletins have come about following Nine and Southern Cross forming an affiliation last year. As part of the deal Southern Cross pays Nine a significant portion of all revenue received for access to Nine’s programming.

Southern Cross was able to use this premium as leverage for Nine to provide a dedicated regional news service for relay across the Southern Cross Nine regions.

Nine has employed in excess of 80 staff spread across Queensland, New South Wales/ACT and Victoria to support this expanded news coverage.

It is a stark contrast to Southern Cross’ previous local news offerings when it was a Network Ten outlet in Queensland, Southern NSW, Canberra and Victoria — where news coverage was limited to brief two-minute updates inserted into commercial breaks over the course of the day, presented from centralised facilities in Canberra.

Rival regional network Prime7 is responding to Southern Cross’ news changes with its own revamp. From Monday 13 February Madelaine Collignon and Kenny Heatley will jointly present the various Prime7 local news bulletins for NSW and Victoria, which are produced from studios in Canberra.




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Feb 05 2017

Obituary: Fred Parslow

Stage, film and television actor Fred Parslow has died at the age of 84.

Parslow started at the Union Theatre Repertory Company (now Melbourne Theatre Company) in 1955 and appeared in many of its productions.

He also featured in television from its earliest days, including comedy sketches on In Melbourne Tonight and The Ray Taylor Show and starring in early ABC plays such as As You Are, The Rivals, Boy Round The Corner and She’ll Be Right.

Later television credits included The Magic Boomerang, The Sullivans, Bluey, Against The Wind, Skyways, Neighbours, The Paper Man, Mission Top Secret, telemovie Burn The Butterflies (pictured) and mini-series A Long Way From Home.

In 1971 Parslow appeared in an early anti-smoking campaign for the Cancer Council but the commercial, which showed him in a parody of the Marlboro Man, was never aired. Commercial channels refused to broadcast the ad as it risked the amount of revenues that were coming in from the cigarette companies. (Tobacco advertising was not banned from television until 1976)

He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1987, for service to the performing arts.

Fred Parslow died on 26 January. He is survived by son Justin Harris Parslow. His wife, actress Joan Harris, died in September last year.

Source: Melbourne Theatre Company, IMDB, Wikipedia, The ABV2 Page, Cancer Council Victoria, TV Tonight.




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Feb 04 2017

Ratings 2016: The final scorecard

OzTAM, the official ratings ‘umpire’, has released its final reports for the calendar year 2016.

The reports include consolidated audience figures for the Top 20 programs (including those various reality show ‘winner announced’ segments that are not actual programs), Top 20 multi-channel programs, the most time-shifted programs and where each free-to-air network and channel ended the year. Plus there are rankings for the Top 20 Subscription TV programs and time-shifted programs.

Seven Network ended the year on 29.7% (up 0.7 from last year), followed by Nine (26.6%, down 1.2), Ten (19.1%, up 0.1), ABC (17.6%, down 0.2) and SBS (7.0%, up 0.6). (6pm-12mn, 5 cities, Consolidated 28-days)

At individual channel level: Seven (20.5%, up 0.3), Nine (18.1%, down 1.3), Ten (13.7%, up 0.4), ABC (12.6%, down 0.4), SBS (4.9%, down 0.1) followed by multi-channels 7TWO (4.0%), 9GO (3.8%), 7mate (3.5%), ABC2 (3.1%), One (2.8%), Eleven (2.6%), 9Gem (2.5%), 9Life (2.1%), 7flix (2.0%), ABC News 24 (1.3%), SBS Viceland (1.0%), SBS Food (0.9%), ABC ME (0.7%) and NITV (0.2%).

During the year 7flix debuted, ABC3 became ABC ME and SBS2 became SBS Viceland.

Datacast channels (e.g. TVSN, Extra,, Spree) and community TV channels (C31, 31 Digital, 44 Adelaide, WTV) are not included in the ratings.

Picture: ABC/AAP

Top 20 programs on Free-to-Air for the year 1 January to 31 December 2016 (Consolidated. 5 cities, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth):

1 SEVEN’S AFL: GRAND FINAL: PRESENTATIONS Seven 3,201,000 460,000 1,623,000 391,000 344,000 383,000
2 SEVEN’S AFL: GRAND FINAL: SYDNEY V WESTERN BULLDOGS Seven 3,081,000 540,000 1,473,000 372,000 322,000 374,000
3 RUGBY LEAGUE GRAND FINAL Nine 2,670,000 1,080,000 642,000 721,000 109,000 118,000
4 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE NSW V QLD 1ST – MATCH Nine 2,633,000 1,202,000 501,000 828,000 102,000
5 SEVEN’S AFL: GRAND FINAL: POST MATCH Seven 2,342,000 292,000 1,294,000 294,000 250,000 212,000
6 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE QLD V NSW 2ND – MATCH Nine 2,315,000 1,005,000 401,000 825,000 84,000
7 MOLLY: PART 1 Seven 2,216,000 580,000 778,000 338,000 229,000 291,000
8 THE BLOCK -WINNER ANNOUNCED Nine 2,210,000 572,000 824,000 358,000 218,000 238,000
9 SEVEN’S AFL: GRAND FINAL: ON THE GROUND Seven 2,176,000 359,000 1,124,000 255,000 189,000 249,000
10 MY KITCHEN RULES-WINNER ANNOUNCED Seven 2,096,000 659,000 613,000 345,000 211,000 269,000
11 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE NSW V QLD 3RD – MATCH Nine 2,070,000 848,000 386,000 769,000 67,000
12 THE 2016 MELBOURNE CUP CARNIVAL: MELBOURNE CUP-THE RACE Seven 2,069,000 493,000 975,000 280,000 137,000 184,000
13 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA – THE WINNER ANNOUNCED TEN 1,999,000 540,000 751,000 257,000 197,000 255,000
14 MY KITCHEN RULES-GRAND FINAL Seven 1,925,000 579,000 544,000 324,000 206,000 273,000
15 THE BLOCK -GRAND FINAL Nine 1,870,000 466,000 723,000 316,000 173,000 193,000
16 MOLLY: PART 2 Seven 1,816,000 452,000 613,000 304,000 217,000 229,000
17 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE NSW V QLD 1ST – PRE MATCH Nine 1,800,000 784,000 358,000 553,000 106,000
18 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA – GRAND FINALE PART 2 TEN 1,785,000 464,000 659,000 236,000 194,000 231,000
19 THE 2016 MELBOURNE CUP CARNIVAL: MELBOURNE CUP-RACE PRESENTATION Seven 1,639,000 384,000 797,000 216,000 94,000 148,000
20 SEVEN’S TENNIS: 2016 AUSTRALIAN OPEN – MEN’S FINAL Seven 1,634,000 446,000 629,000 269,000 130,000 160,000

Top 20 programs on the Free-to-Air digital multi-channels (Consolidated. 5 cities, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth):

1 RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES: DAY 7 – EVENING-MC 7TWO 507,000 101,000 226,000 70,000 58,000 52,000
2 SEVEN’S AFL: SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL 7mate 476,000 33,000 220,000 22,000 118,000 82,000
3 RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES: DAY 4 – EVENING-MC 7TWO 414,000 101,000 134,000 54,000 46,000 79,000
4 AUSTRALIA VOTES: ELECTION NIGHT LIVE-LE ABC News 24 387,000 118,000 68,000 89,000 47,000 65,000
5 RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES: DAY 5 – HIGHLIGHTS-MC 7TWO 376,000 54,000 128,000 79,000 39,000 76,000
6 AUSTRALIA VOTES: ELECTION NIGHT LIVE-EV ABC News 24 366,000 119,000 77,000 73,000 41,000 55,000
7 SHREK 2 -EV 9GO! 358,000 81,000 119,000 56,000 33,000 69,000
8 RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES: DAY 6 – HIGHLIGHTS-MC 7TWO 352,000 59,000 145,000 48,000 47,000 53,000
9 SOCCEROOS – WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS -MATCH 9GO! 351,000 109,000 113,000 65,000 38,000 26,000
10 RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES: DAY 6 – EVENING-MC 7TWO 337,000 53,000 117,000 64,000 43,000 60,000
11 HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 -EV 9GO! 331,000 97,000 107,000 57,000 38,000 33,000
12 SCHOOL OF ROCK -EV 9GO! 331,000 97,000 101,000 66,000 27,000 40,000
13 HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS -EV 9GO! 322,000 82,000 104,000 62,000 28,000 46,000
14 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX -EV 9GO! 321,000 91,000 97,000 53,000 30,000 50,000
15 THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES -EV 9GO! 320,000 75,000 114,000 58,000 33,000 39,000
16 SHREK FOREVER AFTER -EV 9GO! 316,000 79,000 111,000 69,000 27,000 31,000
17 RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES: DAY 1 – EVENING-MC 7TWO 315,000 87,000 89,000 60,000 30,000 49,000
18 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE -EV 9GO! 314,000 90,000 96,000 40,000 39,000 50,000
19 PACIFIC RIM -EV 9GO! 309,000 48,000 76,000 139,000 22,000 25,000
20 PLAY SCHOOL CELEBRITY COVERS-EV ABC2 302,000 57,000 115,000 51,000 32,000 47,000

Samuel Johnson as Molly

Top 20 Time-Shifted Free-to-Air Programs (Consolidated 28, Consolidated 7, Overnight, Time Shift to 28 Days):

1 MOLLY: PART 1 Seven 2,216,000 2,088,000 1,788,000 428,000
2 DOWNTON ABBEY Seven 1,159,000 1,089,000 844,000 315,000
3 WANTED-EP.2 Seven 1,072,000 1,017,000 764,000 308,000
4 MOLLY: PART 2 Seven 1,816,000 1,750,000 1,526,000 290,000
5 THE DOCTOR BLAKE MYSTERIES-EV ABC 1,148,000 1,088,000 874,000 274,000
6 WANTED Seven 1,243,000 1,200,000 969,000 274,000
7 800 WORDS Seven 984,000 934,000 730,000 254,000
8 ROSEHAVEN-EV ABC 734,000 674,000 487,000 247,000
9 THE DURRELLS-EP.2 Seven 661,000 605,000 418,000 243,000
10 THE DURRELLS Seven 799,000 756,000 566,000 234,000
11 THE X-FILES MON TEN 1,021,000 998,000 789,000 232,000
12 800 WORDS-EP.2 Seven 959,000 897,000 728,000 232,000
13 THE SECRET DAUGHTER Seven 1,040,000 1,006,000 809,000 231,000
14 SCOTT AND BAILEY-LE ABC 564,000 527,000 412,000 229,000
15 BROCK – PART 2 TEN 742,000 694,000 522,000 220,000
16 LOVE CHILD Nine 925,000 870,000 706,000 219,000
17 MADAM SECRETARY EP 2 TEN 466,000 402,000 255,000 211,000
18 LOVE CHILD -EP2 Nine 810,000 751,000 210,000
19 THE BLACKLIST-EP.2 Seven 434,000 389,000 227,000 207,000
20 DOCTOR DOCTOR Nine 965,000 949,000 761,000 204,000

Top 20 Subscription TV Programs (national):

8 GAME OF THRONES showcase 437,000
10 GAME OF THRONES showcase 400,000
13 GAME OF THRONES showcase 396,000
14 GAME OF THRONES showcase 385,000
19 GAME OF THRONES showcase 362,000

Top 20 Time-Shifted Subscription TV Programs (national) (Consolidated 28, Consolidated 7, Overnight, Time Shift to 28 days)

1 FROZEN FEVER Foxtel Movies Disney 202,000 116,000 28,000 174,000
2 THE SIMPSONS FOX8 197,000 84,000 30,000 167,000
3 HEY DUGGEE CBeebies 161,000 29,000 0 161,000
4 SUPERGIRL FOX8 214,000 164,000 57,000 157,000
5 SUPERGIRL FOX8 192,000 144,000 41,000 151,000
6 FROZEN FEVER Disney Channel 180,000 130,000 35,000 145,000
7 ZOOTOPIA Foxtel Movies Disney 163,000 88,000 29,000 134,000
8 ZOOTOPIA Foxtel Movies Disney 150,000 67,000 18,000 132,000
9 ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK showcase 153,000 83,000 23,000 130,000
10 ZOOTOPIA Foxtel Movies Disney 182,000 158,000 52,000 130,000
11 SUPERGIRL FOX8 174,000 122,000 44,000 129,000
12 SUPERGIRL FOX8 187,000 145,000 61,000 127,000
13 HEY DUGGEE CBeebies 125,000 42,000 0 125,000
14 MINIONS Foxtel Movies Family 127,000 59,000 3,000 124,000
15 HEY DUGGEE CBeebies 123,000 23,000 0 123,000
16 ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK showcase 132,000 72,000 8,000 123,000
17 SUPERGIRL FOX8 164,000 137,000 42,000 122,000
18 MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE Disney Junior 124,000 3,000 3,000 121,000
19 ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK showcase 136,000 66,000 15,000 121,000
20 SUPERGIRL FOX8 205,000 169,000 86,000 119,000

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Jan 31 2017

SCA, WIN in negotiation over NRN

Southern Cross Austereo has announced that it has entered into talks with WIN Corporation about selling its northern NSW television assets.

SCA operates station NRN (Northern Rivers Television Pty Ltd) as a Network Ten outlet (formerly as Southern Cross Ten) which is opposite to its outlets in regional Victoria, regional Queensland, Southern NSW and ACT where it aligns to the Nine Network, following the affiliation swap of last July.

SCA could not convert NRN to a Nine program relay as rival NBN in the same market is already owned and operated by Nine.

WIN, on the other hand, operates Network Ten affiliates across much of regional Australia including Canberra and Hobart. The northern NSW market is one that has eluded WIN for all these years, including an attempt by WIN to buy NBN almost a decade ago.

The Northern NSW market stretches from the Central Coast in the south, up to the Gold Coast over the Queensland border, and out west to Tamworth and the New England region. The market has a population of over 2.1 million — comparable in size to Perth and greater than Adelaide.

The deal being discussed between SCA and WIN also includes the potential sale of WIN’s Wollongong radio station i98FM to SCA. The station, which began as 2 Double O in 1979, would fill a gap in SCA’s vast regional radio coverage which currently excludes Wollongong.

Source: Southern Cross Austereo (ASX Announcement)



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